Monday, September 20, 2010

Black & White Cookie Fabric Mandala

I am embarking on a new series of art quilts--mandalas of common objects elevated to divine status. The subject of my first mandala is New York City's black & white cookie. This high-calorie treat is one of my favorites, and eating one makes me immensely happy. What an ideal object for contemplation!

This mandala measures 24 inches in diameter. It is made of batting-stuffed coils of fabric attached to each other with zigzag stitches. The cookies, yin yang designs, and the Buddhas are paper covered with tulle netting and appliqued. Beaded crochet and sequins lend the final touches.

Wednesday, September 1, 2010

Wrapped fabric wall hanging--Aqua Vortex

Inspired by Susan Breier's book, It's A Wrap, I have taken her basic technique to construct a firm base onto which I created a design with applique, beads, and paint. This piece is titled, "Aqua Vortex" and measures 24 inches in diameter. It has been accepted into "Celebrating 10 years of Art Excellence" at the Bowen Center for the Arts in Dawsonville, Georgia, Sept 3-October 2, 2010.

Wrapped fabric Elvis bowl

I have spent July through August working on a technique that is new for me--wrapping fabric strips around strips of batting and then sewing them together with a zigzag stitch to create a background/platform for design and embellishment. This was inspired by a workshop I took in late June based on the book, "It's A Wrap" by Susan Breier. My first efforts were inspired by projects in the book, bowls and vases. Of course, I added my own twist and made a bowl dedicated to The King.